Cornell University Press is the first university press to be established in the United States and a leading academic publisher in the humanities, social sciences, and natural history.
Thanks to a grant from the Mellon Foundation, Cornell University Press is seeking a Mellon Diversity Fellow to join our acquisitions department. The fellow will serve in an entry-level position and provide support to one or more Acquisitions Editors in acquiring scholarly books.
About the Andrew W. Mellon University Press Diversity Fellowship Program
Associated with both the educational mission of universities and the business models of the publishing industry, university presses occupy a distinct space where the values and priorities of both worlds converge. Diversity of all kinds is important to both, as it contributes to the "robust exchange of ideas" key to higher education and helps foster the innovation necessary for evolving businesses. This 14-month fellowship seeks to address the lack of staff diversity in the academic publishing industry by providing underrepresented individuals in publishing real work experience and a network to assist them in their professional development.
The responsibilities of this position include:
assist the editor(s) in all phases of acquiring publishable books from initial contact with the author through contractual agreement to publication;
assist as necessary with miscellaneous administrative duties;
exercise independent judgment in screening proposals;
liaise with authors, reviewers, and series editors to shepherd books through the publishing process;
coordinate workflow with other departments in the Press (Editorial, Design & Production; Marketing; Order Fulfillment);
liaise with external vendors to secure permissions and illustrations
This is a 14-month term appointment with medical benefits and paid leave time.
B.A. or B.S.
Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
Demonstrated excellent organizational and interpersonal abilities.
Basic research skills using libraries and electronic media.
Evidence of academic achievement, either in fields relevant to diversity or in the humanities, social sciences or natural history.
Demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career in academic publishing.
Must be proficient using MS Office.
Detail-oriented, able to multitask and prioritize work, and function independently within a team-oriented environment.
Commitment to using an understanding of the diversity of human experiences in developing, recruiting, and marketing manuscripts and books.
Sustained personal engagement with low-income communities and/or communities within the US that are underrepresented in publishing and a demonstrated ability to bring the understandings gleaned from such engagement to the daily work of academic publishing.
No relocation assistance is provided.
No visa sponsorship is available for this position.
M.A., M.S., or Ph.D.
Knowledge of academic environment preferred.
Familiarity with databases generally and FileMaker in particular preferred.
This position is located in Ithaca, New York. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the University's need to limit the number of on-campus employees, the successful applicant will be asked to perform this role remotely at a location of their choice in the United States. This position may be considered for ongoing remote-work status, even once the campus permits more employees to work on campus.
The New York Convenience of employer guidelines require New York State individual tax reporting and withholdings for this position. Additional individual state income tax filings may also be required if working temporarily outside New York State.
To Apply and Application Deadline:
A completed application requires BOTH your cover letter/letter of interest AND your resume/CV (preferably in a combined file). Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on March 14, 2021.
The safety and well-being of applicants and our team members is of the utmost importance. Because of campus closures and the likelihood of ongoing travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we anticipate conducting online interviews with qualified candidates.
University Job Title:
Publications Asst III
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